AFRO feature

Togo is Saying Goodbye to Elephantiasis

30 March 2017

Madam Kamazoue Abatan, food vendor. She is a beneficiary of early diagnosis and prompt treatment. No longer ashamed Mr. Tchazimon Essohanani, 58, is a father of six and principal of a secondary school in Bebeda, 35 km east of Kara, Togo’s second biggest city.  Essohanani recalls that in 2009, his scrotum and testicles, for no apparent reason, suddenly began to grow bigger and bigger, causing him to suffer embarrassment, shame and frustration due to the stigma. “I have 592 pupils in my school. Everywhere I went, I could ‘feel’ that all eyes were on the…

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Building the legacy of Ebola: Survivors, health systems, and a blueprint for research and development

28 February 2017

Building the legacy of Ebola: Survivors, health systems, and a blueprint for research and development This report describes the work done by WHO from January 2015 up to the end of December 2016 to address the long-term issues of survivor care, health-systems strengthening and research. This work would not otherwise have been possible without the foresight and commitment of donors  who, having contributed generously to the WHO-led response to the outbreak, recognised the importance of dealing with its consequences. 

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About 17 million people are affected by crisis in the Lake Chad Basin

24 February 2017

About 17 million people are affected by crisis in the Lake Chad Basin 23 February 2017 – Years of violent conflict have deprived millions of people in north-eastern Nigeria, northern Cameroon, western Chad and south-east Niger of even the most basic health care services. Malnutrition is widespread and in the 3 worst-affected states of Nigeria nearly 6 million men, women, children and infants urgently need health assistance. WHO is working with the Nigerian Ministry of Health and partners to reach those in need with lifesaving health care.

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WHO teams assist people in hard-to-reach areas of Nigeria

17 February 2017

WHO teams assist people in hard-to-reach areas of Nigeria Medical teams supported by WHO set up mobile clinics in hard to access areas of north-eastern Nigeria. The teams are called “hard-to-reach” teams (HTR) because their mission is to reach remote and insecure areas to provide urgently needed care to populations deprived of essential health services. The 8-year conflict has caused widespread forced displacement and acute food and nutrition insecurity. Large areas of Borno state, the most-affected state, remain inaccessible to humanitarian assistance.

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Nine countries commit to halve maternal and newborn deaths in health facilities

14 February 2017

Nine countries commit to halve maternal and newborn deaths in health facilities Today, 9 countries – Bangladesh, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda – committed to halving preventable deaths of pregnant women and newborns in their health facilities within the next 5 years.

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I can, we can win the battle against cancer

03 February 2017

Delphine A woman who discovers a lump in her breast is immediately assailed by a feeling of anxiety and panic. That is how I felt the evening I accidentally discovered a lump in my right breast. My heart was beating wildly. I wondered whether it was a cancer, a cyst or a benign tumour. I had no answer to these questions and I found myself alone in heavy silence and great mental confusion. Early detection of cancer can save one’s life…

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WHO in South Sudan: Build, Equip and Deploy to Save the Lives of Mothers

03 February 2017

The Maternity Complex Wau constructed, equipped and staffed by WHO With 789 deaths per 100 000 live births, South Sudan is among 40 countries with the highest maternal mortality (death) rates in the world. It may be important to note that while South Sudan is among the 18 countries with very high mortality, the country has made some progress between 1990 and 2015 as the maternal mortality rate decreased by 54.4% from 1730 deaths per 100 000 live births in 1990 to 789 in 2015. Still, a woman has a…

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Dr Moeti’s interview with Africa Renewal: We can improve health systems in Africa

23 January 2017

Dr Matshidiso Moeti WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti underscores that countries should strengthen the leadership and governance of health sectors, should be more innovative in raising revenues from domestic sources and ensuring that all of their populations have access to essential health services, should also improve the quality of health services and the safety of patient and health workers, and build partnerships with civil society and other partners in order to expand access and should invest in district and community…